Wi-Fi

Virgin America Takes Google Chromebook into the Clouds

Virgin America Takes Google Chromebook into the Clouds

Capitalizing on the recent release of Google’s Chromebook, Virgin America is letting passengers “test-fly” the cloud-based laptop on their flights and at their departure gates all this summer. 
Starting July 1, travelers on select flights between San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DWF) can try out the Chromebook in “Chrome Zone” lounges at their departure gates.  They …

Pure Oasis Flow Wi-Fi Internet Radio Review

Pure Oasis Flow Wi-Fi Internet Radio Review

If Indiana Jones were going to buy an Internet radio, Pure’s Oasis Flow would probably be at the top of his list. This radio is tailor-made for a rough and tumble existence, at least by the standards of Wi-Fi radio. At the same time, the Oasis Flow lacks some of the functionality and frills that are offered by competitors.
With its splash resistant case, cast aluminum frame, rubber seals, and prominent …

American Airlines to Offer Samsung Galaxy Tab Computers in First and Business

American Airlines to Offer Samsung Galaxy Tab Computers in First and Business

American Airlines passengers flying in business and first class on many of the airline’s long-haul fleet will soon get a major upgrade to their in-flight entertainment options. The airline will offer the Samsung Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 mobile tablets in premium cabins on select flights starting later this year.
American plans to deploy 6,000 Galaxy Tabs on Boeing 767 flights between New York’s JFK airport and Los Angeles, JFK and San …

Gogo In-flight Internet Slows Down – Review

Gogo In-flight Internet Slows Down – Review

The Gogo in-flight Internet service seems to be gaining in popularity, but that’s not necessarily a good thing if you are trying to watch a movie.  When we first tested Gogo shortly after its launch back in 2009 on an American Airlines flight from New York to San Francisco, we saw download speeds averaging 1.5 Mbps.  It was possible to watch videos and movies on the Web, watch recorded shows …

Wi-Fi Alert for Business Travelers

Wi-Fi Alert for Business Travelers

The free Wi-Fi hotspot you just logged into in the hotel lobby to read your e-mail, conduct your banking, or read the news wasn’t necessarily a nice amenity provided by the hotel.  In fact, it might have been operated by the well-dressed gentleman sitting beside the potted palm.  While you sent your confidential proposal, he was collecting people’s credit cards numbers, user names, and passwords, all while enjoying the ambiance …

Cradlepoint PHS300

Sometimes, when you are out of the office, you just need Wi-Fi.  While mobile broadband service (which can come built into laptops or separately as a USB stick or USB modem) provides reasonably fast service, it typically serves only one computer at a time.   For groups or families travelling, off-site meetings, and even emergency back-up in the office, the ability to fire up a WLAN (wireless local area network) can …

What If the Well Runs Dry?

I’m writing this at the Tacoma Sheraton where I am speaking at a conference.
The hotel is tired and faded but it boasts wireless Internet in every room.  What the hotel doesn’t promise, however, is that there will be working Internet.
Yes, here we go again.  As I sat in my room with a colleague, preparing for my presentation, every tab on my browser was replaced by a Sheraton “Connect to the …